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Specialisation: Management

Award(s) to which this specialisation belongs:



Department of Computing
Faculty of Science and Engineering

Admission Requirements:
Admission to Master of Information Technology
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)

This specialisation must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Specialisation:

Completion of a minimum of 40 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

800 level

Enterprise Application Integration (4)
Information Systems Project and Risk Management (4)
Enterprise Management (4)
Strategic Project Management (4)
Security Management (4)
Information Systems Design and Management (4)

Additional level

16cp from
IT and the Future of Society (4)
Enterprise Systems Integration (4)
Management of IT Systems and Projects (4)
Applications, Modelling and Development (4)
Technology Management (4)
Foundation Topic in Computing (4)


Overview and Aims of the Program The Management stream provides IT professionals with experience in handling teams of IT specialists focusing on managing enterprise systems as well as strategic projects. Also covered in this stream are the areas of project management, IT risk and security. To a lesser degree this stream examines information systems implementation, and the business to technology imperatives associated with maintaining a competitive advantage in an ICT environment.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. identify business processes currently in existence and (K, P, C, J) translating such processes in to written specifications that are able to be understood by wider management as well as IT professionals. Conducting business information modelling as a means of graphically representing what the business currently achieves
2. identify requirements with regard to the management of Information Systems and (K, P, C, J) managing the development and maintenance of software and hardware projects and systems
3. appraise risk management across the organisation including the principles and guidelines which underpin risk management standards and (K, T, P, C) developing recommendations for senior management, explaining the consequences and likelihood of security and risk scenarios, as well as their possible impacts and controls
4. assess emerging IT trends in contrast to the strategic organisational environment and (T, J) evaluating and explaining options to senior management
5. evaluate enterprise systems with a view to maintaining competitive advantage for your organisation in a global market and (K, T, P, E) modelling possible solutions for maintaining a market edge
6. estimate and prepare financial frameworks in a IT context and (K, T, P, C) developing contractual recommendations to senior management
7. competently perform presentations to present material to less knowledgeable personnel (C, J)
8. possess appropriate writing skills necessary to convey thoughts, concepts and specifications, potentially to people outside of the IT domain (C, P)
9. interpret, evaluate and apply appropriate research skills and techniques in order to remain current with the knowledge within the field of IT Management, as a practitioner rather than as a researcher (K, P)
10. use appropriate judgement when dealing with team members on a project in a group-work situation, particularly with regard to issues of culture and gender (J).
Learning and Teaching Methods Learning is conducted in a classroom and laboratory environment with learning and teaching material available through the Learning Management System called iLearn. Typically classes will be taught as a block either on a weekday evening commencing at 6pm or on a Saturday morning or afternoon.
Classes will usually run as a two to three hour lecture or seminar followed by a one to two hour practical in a computer laboratory where relevant.
Students participate in individual and potential group-work components of the units assessment, by delivering outputs that demonstrate an understanding of the unit concepts and other assessment in the form of an exam.
The unit outline on the UNITS system will describe the pedagogical approach and assessment types for each unit in greater detail.
Assessment Assessments within this major will include assignments and (management) case-study projects (some with peer presentations), as formative assessment as well as mid-semester quizzes (in class), and final summative examination undertaken under formal examination conditions.
This program is subject to the University’s regulations, including those specified in the Academic Honesty Policy, the Assessment Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

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Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability This program gives the student the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in key growth areas within the Information and Communication Technologies industry. This can give the student a competitive advantage in employment over recent graduates from Bachelor programs, and will help them advance their careers in their chosen field.

• Apple
• AT&T Bell Labs
• Compaq
• Computer Associates
• Google
• government departments
• Macquarie Bank
• Microsoft
• Optus
• small business
• Sybase
• Westpac.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation The ACS has provisionally accredited the MIT for 2014 leading to professional accreditation for 2015.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

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2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
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